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Baylor wins 73-62 to hand No. 8 Texas Tech 2nd loss in row

WACO, Texas (AP) Freshman guard Jared Butler was a late arrival at Baylor. The top recruit originally chose Alabama and began last summer there, before he got his release, and a waiver to play somewhere else this season.

Butler is now starting and getting comfortable in the Big 12.

''He was fearless, played with courage, looked like he was having a lot of fun out there,'' Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said.

Butler scored 19 points, 14 of them after halftime, and had five assists with only one turnover as Baylor beat the No. 8 Red Raiders 73-62 on Saturday, handing Tech its second loss in four days.

After Texas Tech scored 11 in a row to get within a basket, Butler hit a 3-pointer with 4 1/2 minutes left before Tech's Jarrett Culver then had a short shot roll off the rim no good. Butler then drove for a layup that turned into a three-point play after he was fouled.

''I've been playing for so long. I've just got to trust my instincts and things like that,'' Butler said. ''I love playing with these guys. They bring me joy. It was a big game.''

The Red Raiders (15-3, 4-2 Big 12), coming off a home loss to Iowa State on Wednesday night, are still tied for the Big 12 lead after No. 7 Kansas lost earlier Saturday at West Virginia. Iowa State and Kansas State won, creating a four-way tie for the league lead.

Makai Mason added 16 points for Baylor (11-6, 3-2), which beat a Top 10 team for the seventh time in the last three seasons. The Bears are 7-7 in such games during that span.

Culver led the Red Raiders with 19 points and nine rebounds. Brandone Francis had 14 points and Davide Moretti had 13 .

After Texas Tech raced out to a 23-10 lead in the first 9 1/2 minutes, Baylor went ahead to stay with a 23-6 run. Four Bears, including Butler, made 3-pointers in that span while Tech went more than 10 1/2 minutes without making a field goal.

Baylor led 33-31 before Butler scored the first eight points for the Bears out after halftime. It was 41-33 after King McClure stole the ball from Culver and passed ahead to Butler for a breakaway layup.

Butler has started the last three games, giving Baylor a three-guard lineup, since standout forward Tristan Clark's season-ending knee injury.

''Being put in a role when one of the big parts of our team goes down, I felt a need of better play of mine,'' Butler said. ''Also me being a freshman, you have to get in a groove and the game slows down for you as the season goes on. That factor and me needing to step up came at the right time I feel like.''

BIG PICTURE

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders had been the only Big 12 team without a conference loss before this week, and their only loss before that was against No. 1 Duke. They had 17 turnovers at Baylor.

Baylor: This was the most lopsided Big 12 game for the Bears after the first five were decided by five points or less. Baylor also won at home against Texas Tech last season when the Red Raiders were a Top 10 team.

MAKING A PLAY

Francis was called for a flagrant foul with just under 2 minutes after officials looked at replay to review an intentional foul call. ''I've coached that kid for three years, he's not a dirty player, he made a play on the ball,'' Beard said.

Division III transfer Freddie Gillespie made both free throws for a 67-60 lead. That was among the 10-of-10 free throws Baylor made in the last 2:10.

IMMORTAL TEN

Baylor played its annual Immortal Ten game, remembering the victims of the 1927 accident when 10 of the 22 players, coaches and fans on the team bus were killed when it was hit by a train when traveling to Austin, Texas for a game. Baylor players won the last names of the Immortal Ten on the backs of their jerseys.

UP NEXT

Texas Tech plays on the road for the third time in four games Tuesday night at Kansas State.

Baylor plays Monday night at West Virginia.

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Key Players
J. Culver
23 G
K. McClure
3 G
30.4 Min. Per Game 30.4
11.0 Pts. Per Game 11.0
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
5.5 Reb. Per Game 5.5
54.2 Field Goal % 41.4
36.8 Three Point % 39.5
68.9 Free Throw % 84.2
  Defensive rebound by Freddie Gillespie 30.0
  Brandone Francis missed 3-pt. jump shot 32.0
  Defensive rebound by Kyler Edwards 36.0
  Jared Butler missed 3-pt. jump shot 38.0
  Defensive rebound by King McClure 1:01
  Kyler Edwards missed layup 1:03
+ 1 Devonte Bandoo made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:12
+ 1 Devonte Bandoo made 1st of 2 free throws 1:12
  Personal foul on Tariq Owens 1:12
+ 2 Jarrett Culver made driving layup 1:19
+ 1 Makai Mason made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:32
Team Stats
Points 62 73
Field Goals 21-45 (46.7%) 24-58 (41.4%)
3-Pointers 5-15 (33.3%) 11-29 (37.9%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 14-16 (87.5%)
Total Rebounds 29 31
Offensive 7 10
Defensive 19 19
Team 3 2
Assists 12 16
Steals 8 10
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 17 13
Fouls 19 17
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 9 REB, 5 AST
19 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo 8 Texas Tech 15-3 313162
home team logo Baylor 11-6 334073
Team Stats
away team logo 8 Texas Tech 15-3 73.1 PPG 36.4 RPG 14.2 APG
home team logo Baylor 11-6 71.8 PPG 40.6 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
23
J. Culver G 18.8 PPG 6.4 RPG 3.8 APG 48.9 FG%
12
J. Butler G 10.2 PPG 3.1 RPG 2.7 APG 39.5 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Culver G 19 PTS 9 REB 5 AST
J. Butler G 19 PTS 1 REB 5 AST
46.7 FG% 41.4
33.3 3PT FG% 37.9
78.9 FT% 87.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 19 9 5 9/16 1/4 0/0 2 37 3 0 7 1 8
D. Moretti 13 3 2 3/4 1/2 6/7 1 37 3 0 2 0 3
T. Owens 8 6 1 2/4 0/0 4/4 5 30 0 1 1 4 2
M. Mooney 2 1 1 1/6 0/3 0/1 3 28 1 0 3 0 1
N. Odiase 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 15 0 2 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 19 9 5 9/16 1/4 0/0 2 37 3 0 7 1 8
D. Moretti 13 3 2 3/4 1/2 6/7 1 37 3 0 2 0 3
T. Owens 8 6 1 2/4 0/0 4/4 5 30 0 1 1 4 2
M. Mooney 2 1 1 1/6 0/3 0/1 3 28 1 0 3 0 1
N. Odiase 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 15 0 2 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Francis 14 2 0 4/8 3/4 3/5 4 23 0 0 1 1 1
K. Edwards 4 2 2 1/5 0/2 2/2 1 21 1 0 1 0 2
D. Corprew 2 1 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 8 0 0 1 1 0
M. Ondigo 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Sorrells - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Benson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mballa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 26 12 21/45 5/15 15/19 19 200 8 3 17 7 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Butler 19 1 5 7/15 2/8 3/3 2 29 3 0 1 1 0
M. Mason 16 0 2 4/10 4/7 4/4 4 32 0 0 1 0 0
M. Kegler 9 5 0 4/8 1/3 0/0 3 21 0 0 1 1 4
K. McClure 8 6 4 3/9 2/5 0/0 2 37 4 0 2 1 5
M. Vital 6 8 5 3/5 0/0 0/1 0 23 0 0 5 5 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Butler 19 1 5 7/15 2/8 3/3 2 29 3 0 1 1 0
M. Mason 16 0 2 4/10 4/7 4/4 4 32 0 0 1 0 0
M. Kegler 9 5 0 4/8 1/3 0/0 3 21 0 0 1 1 4
K. McClure 8 6 4 3/9 2/5 0/0 2 37 4 0 2 1 5
M. Vital 6 8 5 3/5 0/0 0/1 0 23 0 0 5 5 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Bandoo 8 1 0 2/7 2/4 2/2 0 19 0 1 0 0 1
F. Gillespie 6 5 0 1/2 0/0 4/4 3 20 1 0 1 2 3
F. Thamba 1 2 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 2 16 1 0 2 0 2
M. Mayer 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 1 3 1 0 0 0 1
J. Lindsey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teague - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clark - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Moffatt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Allen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 29 16 24/58 11/29 14/16 17 200 10 1 13 10 19